Margaret Adelia Davidson
Margaret Adelia Davidson CHARLESTON - Margaret Adelia Davidson aka Delia, age 67 , died in Charleston, May 23. Margaret was a hard working visionary in the global coastal community. Daughter to Angele Sarrazin Davidson and Jerry Davidson. She was raised in Fort Worth, Texas.Margaret earned her law degree from Louisiana State University. She later earned a masters degree in Marine Policy and Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island. She also served as a special counsel and Assistant Attorney General for Louisiana Department of Justice and later as the Executive Director of South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. Margaret joined NOAA in 1995, as the founding director, of NOAA's Coastal Service Center (CSC) where she created a customer-driven organization that accelerated the use of technology, tools,and skills required to make informed coastal decisions at all levels of government. She then served as acting director of the office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management when that office and CSC merged to form the new office for Coastal Management. Ms.Davidson took on the challenge of a new position NOAA senior leader for Coastal Inundation and Resilience.Margaret served on many numerous local, state and federal committees. She focused her work on reduction of risk associated with extreme weather events and climate adaptation. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Thailand, American Meteorological Society Fellow and a Zurich Fellow for climate adaptation. She was also awarded two presidential merit awards and was part of team for which Al Gore was awarded a Nobel Prize.She was a scholar in residence at Scripps Oceanic Institute. Her greatest honor was the Margaret A Davidson stewardship award, with The Coastal Estuarine Research Foundation. Margaret was the consummate net worker. Her life and career will cast a long shadow for those who follow the trail she blazed. Delia loved music, dancing, traveling and organic food. She met Karen Stevens in Charleston in 1983. Soul mates for some 30 yrs. before marrying in our nation's capital in the summer of 2013. Delia is survived by her wife, Karen, and her sister, Diane Davidson. Donations in lieu of flowers to The Human Rights Campaign or The Conservancy Fund. There will be a memorial service for friends and family on June 1st at 11:00AM, Charleston Cremation Center, 2059 Wambaw Creek Rd.,Charleston, SC 29492. Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Published by Charleston Post & Courier from May 27 to May 28, 2017.
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Miss the MAD voice. Like always, She would have a lot to say about what is happening now and it would have been apposit as ever!!
Megan Bailiff
December 1, 2018
James Byrne
November 30, 2018
What an awesome woman; wit, smarts and humor. I only heard her speak once but I never forgot. and I know she was a role model for many and a champion for our beleaguered environment. Gone too soon. Deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Gabriela Vigo
December 27, 2017
I know you as Margaret or MAD and now I learn that you are also Delia - no matter the name I loved you from the moment I met you. It was such a thrill working together whether it was related to efforts focused on The Coastal Society, Sea Grant, CSC, NOAA, Scripps Institution of! Although I can no longer speak to you and hear your response, you will be in my life forever; and I know that I am not alone in that feeling. I will do my very best to channel my inner Margaret/MAD/Delia (that you have imbued me with) always. My love goes out to all those that know you and miss you! It is my hope that we will all have a chance to meet someday and share Delia's amazing spirit!
Megan Bailiff
October 29, 2017
I was so sad to learn of Margaret's passing. As a NOAA employee, I was consistently inspired by her intelligence, charisma and candor. She was funny, unconventional and unapologetic. She made such an impact on us at NOAA and the world. I will always be grateful our paths crossed.
Nicole Bartlett
July 13, 2017
Bless you, Margaret, for being an independent individual and always yourself. I was truly blessed to know you and to work with you. You made me think, you made me laugh, you made me better. Godspeed.
Dr. Mary Arnold Long
June 21, 2017
Dear Margaret,
I cannot believe the news that you are no longer with us. You have left a big imprint with your bright laughter, bold ideas and strong and strategic resolve to make the world a better place. I remember you reaching out to me when I joined NOAA's SES community when it had very few women leaders. We became each other's cheerleaders and made a pact to support each other's initiatives and mentor young scientists and managers, especially women. I so enjoyed working with you and learning from you. Always admired you, my friend. I will miss you!
Usha Varanasi
June 2, 2017
Margaret's intelligence, charm and energy coalesced to produce a unique ability to assemble individuals and groups with disparate ideas to work cooperatively to develop and conserve coastal resources. Nurtured in the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, this ability served NOAA well during her career with the parent agency.

Margaret had a ready smile, quick wit and kind words for all (even for those with whom she disagreed). If you were fortunate enough to become a friend, as were my wife Nancy and I, you were blessed.
David Duane (retired Director)
National Sea Grant Program
May 31, 2017
You were my best friend in high school even though I was a year ahead of you.
Some memories: your humongous cat which would trap me under the covers of "his bed". The Kharman Guia -red and snazzy. The rabbit autopsy. Smoking-we were too young to know but we both stopped. Flying with your dad. Loving nature and all "critters"--except skunks.
Losing contact and picking up where we left off immediately each time we connected again.
The world is a sadder place without you!
My love always
Maudi Walsh/Fleming
May 31, 2017
A visionary with a quick wit. The world is a better place as a result of your commitment to coastal management.
We'll miss you, Margaret.
chuck hopkinson
May 31, 2017
Margaret gave me hope and guidance when I lost my spark. For no reason - she just did. Whether about "too much or too little water," because of her, I will continue our work. I hope in even the smallest way to make her proud. To the family, sending prayers and strong hugs <3
Katya Wowk
May 31, 2017
Margaret hired me at SC Sea Grant Consortium 31 years ago, and I am still at Sea Grant! She had a heart for the needy, and would always give me her clothes for them, and for myself! I will forever be grateful to her and Elaine Knight-Rickard who gave me a chance in the "real world of work"..I miss you already margaret- Gone2soon :(
Annette E. Dunmeyer
May 31, 2017
Rest in Peace
Golda Lynn
May 31, 2017
Margaret provided leadership and vision through the Sea Grant Consortium when the community was working on the Charleston Harbor Estuary project. I had the privilege to work with her and Sea Grant on this project .
Donna Jacobs
May 30, 2017
I will always remember Margaret's voice saying, "Clara Belllll!" And, my response each time was, "Yes, Margaret." It was such an honor to work for her in the role of DOC/NOAA/NOS, Correspondence Coordinator. In my 48 years of Federal Government service, there were two who motivated me to go far, and Margaret was one of those "Top of the Line" women. I will always remember Margaret. And, most wonderful to me, she always made me smile and laugh. My condolences to you Karen and Margaret's family.
Clara Halmond
May 30, 2017
An extraordinary soul and scientist. Taken too soon. But she left us a legacy to follow.
Harlan Greene
May 30, 2017
Miss Margaret as I would call her was the sweetest most humble person I know. She would always stop in to see my Director Roan Conrad down at the Commerce and sit down and just fellowship with me before she was on her way. The family has my deepest condolence.
Thelma Johnson
May 30, 2017
Elizabeth Wenner
May 30, 2017
I had the honor to work with and learn from this amazing woman. My thoughts are with Karen and her family.
Hanna Goss
May 29, 2017
It was an honor to have met you - shine on, shine on!!
Sandra Erdle
May 29, 2017
Know I'm just one of so many in Louisiana who valued her wisdom, treasured her contributions, and cherished her wit - truly one of a kind. Sending love and light.

Sidney Coffee
May 29, 2017
Very sorry to learn of the community's loss of Margaret. I knew her as she took over Sea Grant and spent much time trying to get a consensus going to improve the oceans. Her many accomplishments improved the future of how people interact with sea life. Prayers of comfort to her family and many friends.
May 29, 2017
When the oceans roar, I will think of her. When the sea is calm, I will think of her. The world is a better place, because of her. My deepest sympathy to Diane and Karen. May our Lord wraps his arms around you tightly as you get through the days and weeks to come. You are in my prayers.
Debbie Knox Jurcak
May 28, 2017
To my loving "sister". The world will miss you. - Lucia Ann Littleton
Lucia Ann Littleton
May 28, 2017
Too soon Delia with so much you could still have given us in a life filled with such care and concern for our global environment. See you on the other side.

Captain Ed Davidson, Cousin
Ed Davidson
May 28, 2017
I love you Delia. Rest in peace. - Diane L Davidson
Diane Davidson
May 28, 2017
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. Psalms 116:15.
May 28, 2017
Diane and Karen, my deepest sympathy to both of you. May your most wonderful memories of Delia remain in your hearts and minds forever.
Carol Terrell
May 28, 2017